I am back in the Pacific Northwest, the land I refer to as The Wet Land. It isn't very wet right now, in fact two days ago, it was in the upper 90s but today is better with overcast skies yet no moisture. I can do that!
Monday night is when I arrived back here and yet it seems like I've been here without a break. Two weeks and two days were all I spent at home, and it went by quickly.
On my agenda is still to get my dad in for a "second opinion" as to whether anything can be done regarding his neck/nerve pain from a neck surgery he had in January of 2013. For the past eight weeks I've been working on getting an appointment with a neurosurgeon at a university hospital in a large town to the north, having been referred to two different ones there by the daughter (an ER nurse there) of my brother's woman-friend. And only TODAY, after EIGHT weeks, have I found out that the one hasn't been there at all during this time, and the other is leaving and not taking any new patients..."they only just found out". Aaargghh!!!
So....I looked up on the internet, in a town closer, all neurosurgeons - there are but six and one of those is over 70 years old! I chose one, he had a 4.5 star rating out of 5 and called and yeppers, they need all the same data FAXed to them as well - no surprise - before they can even schedule an appointment, so back on the phone with my dad's local doctors' offices to get them to do that. Now, we will see how quickly that really gets done, and how quickly this new doctor reviews and gets back to us so that my dad can get an appointment.
Yesterday I went with my dad to his eldest daughter's (my step-sister, she's just younger than I) to drop off some stuff he's been wanting to get rid of and that she and her man-friend can use. I'd not seen her in probably 10 years. We had to take a ferry across the river and I hadn't done that since I was a kid. We had a good visit and my dad's driving only frightened me a few times. He takes country road corners rather fast for my liking and when stopped behind other vehicles creeps to within inches of their bumper, and he does rolling stops at stop signs with jack-rabbit starts to boot.
Six more days and I will have five days "just for me" while being with my aunt, cousin's wife, her mother and some others as we go to quilt retreat at Suttle Lake. That's right next to SISTERS and the quilt show there is that weekend! And there's a wonderful bakery in Sisters, yum!